International memorial ceremony


On Saturday, October 7, 2023, coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, the Israel we had always known changed. A surprise attack by the terrorist organization Hamas claimed the lives of our friends, relatives, and loved ones on that fateful day. This day will forever be etched in our hearts and in the history of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

Thirty days after this brutal massacre, which marked the beginning of the “Iron Swords” campaign, we will hold a special international memorial service to honour the memory of our fallen servicemen and servicewomen and those who were murdered. We will also call for the release of the captives.

The main international ceremony will be held at the National Institutions Building in Jerusalem. We invite you to hold a memorial service in your community and connect to the event, which will be live-streamed for all participating communities around the world.

**International Memorial Ceremony**
– Date: Sunday, November 5, 2023
– Time: 7:00 PM (Israel time)

We shall remember them forever.

*Major General (Res.) Doron Almog*
Chairman of the Executive, The Jewish Agency for Israel

*Yaakov Hagoel*
Chairman of the World Zionist Organization

*Sam Grundwerg*
World Chairman, Keren Hayesod

*Ifat Ovadia-Luski*
KKL – JNF World Chairwoman

The national institutions: the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund, and Keren Hayesod invite you to participate in a global memorial ceremony.

Thirty days after Hamas’s terror attack on October 7, 2023, which coincided with the holiday of Simchat Torah, we will honor the memory of the fallen and hold a memorial service at the National Institutions Building with the participation of Jewish communities from around the world. The main international ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook, including all participating communities worldwide.

We invite you to join us, hold your own ceremony, and participate in the live stream. To live stream your ceremonies, please ensure you have:

– A table covered with a black tablecloth and 25 memorial candles.
– An Israeli flag and a flag of your country.
– A video camera to capture the table, flags, and participants.
– A computer with a Zoom connection. Your Zoom name must match the place being live-streamed.
– Invite at least 10 participants, though more are welcome.
– An internet connection.
– A screen.
– A point of contact to stay in touch with.

Please note: You’ll receive a set of documents with the ceremony lineup and printable materials before the event. After the ceremony, you can continue with your own program, and we can watch via Zoom.

The main ceremony in Jerusalem will be held in Hebrew and interpreted simultaneously into various languages so that you can follow it in the language you’re most comfortable with.

The ceremonies will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023, the 21st of Heshvan, 5884, at 5:00 PM (UK time).

If you wish to participate, please provide the contact details of your point of contact.

For questions, registration, and more information, please contact october7@wzo.org.il until Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

We shall remember everyone!